Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Russia Investigation Could Last Another Year

White House lawyers are expected to meet with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office late this week seeking good news: that his sprawling investigation's focus on President Trump will soon end and their client will be cleared. But people familiar with the probe say that such assurances are unlikely and that the meeting could trigger a new, more contentious phase between the special counsel and a frustrated president, according to administration officials and advisers close to Trump.

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People with knowledge of the investigation said it could last at least another year -- pointing to ongoing cooperation from witnesses such as former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as a possible trial of two former Trump campaign officials. The special counsel's office has continued to request new documents related to the campaign, and members of Mueller's team have told others they expect to be working through much of 2018, at a minimum.

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Reports indicate that Donald is actively delusional about the Mueller investigation. Because of his odd ideas, reports also are that Donald will have a wall-eyed fit if Mueller goes on beyond the next two weeks. I expect Donald's delusions to shift from the self-serving positive to the self-serving apocalyptic.

The question is will the nation be well or poorly served by Donald's personal cowardice? Will be too scared of unfamiliar realities to fight, preferring to negotiate a deal for resignation that protects him and his money? Or will he (I think correctly) conclude that the country hates him and wants him nailed regardless, provoking him to fight like the cornered, frightened rat he arguable already is.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-19 09:44 AM

"Arguably"

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-19 09:45 AM

Yesterday's development - the FBI WARNED the trump campaign that the russians might try to contact and influence them.

Yet still all of trump's team "forgot" to mention all their russian contacts to the FBI.

Anyone who still says there was no collusion is a moron.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-19 11:14 AM

The investigation should last until we get the disgusting republican traitors out of congress and replace them with people with enough ethics and patriotism to impeach a russian agent.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-19 11:15 AM

Anyone arguing that we should end the investigation is saying that treason should be ignored. Hey, we ignored it with Nixon and Reagan so why not Trump too?

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-19 11:19 AM

If Mueller were politically smart he would rap it up quick. The longer it drags on the more fuel gets added to the fire that this is just a political witchhunt. Which it clearly is not in the eyes of any informed, honest observer.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-19 12:49 PM

If Mueller were politically smart he would rap it up quick

#6 | Posted by moder8

Republcan traitors are already saying it's a witch hunt. Maybe they could repeat that a few more thousand times? Does Mueller care about that, or does Mueller care about following personal duty and conscience?

If every Republican leader were like Robert Mueller, the GOP would have formidable moral authority. They've traded that for raw power, and in the case of Bob Corker and his ilk, for money.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-19 01:00 PM

When this investigation exceeds the time spent investigating "White Water" or all the combined Benghazi hearings, we can talk.

Till then, Republicans have no reason to question the duration of any Trump inquiries.

Fair enough?

Yes, I thought so too.

#8 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-19 01:07 PM

MODER8

Mueller wouldn't be doing his job if he started to concern himself with a quick conclusion. Mueller is too professional to fall into that trap.

Trump plants the "witch hunt" seed and then finds a media (FOX) that will toot his horn until it's a crescendo. That's how it works.

No doubt there's still a ton of stuff out there that Trump doesn't want anybody to know. Time is Trump's enemy.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-19 01:32 PM

Time is Trump's enemy. - #9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-19 01:32 PM
Would you care to explain why you think that? There's an expiration date on the Trump Presidency. Do you expect they'll wrap up in 2020? Maybe 2024? Time will tell.

I'm of the opinion that if the matter is not resolved before the 2018 elections, you will see a LOT of 'witch-hunt' and '2+ years with no links to Russia' which will do a lot to motivate people who have lost their taste for the President, but do not want their vote taken from them.

#10 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-19 01:44 PM

"with no links to Russia"

There have already been over three dozen provable lies, all about links to Russia.

Is it hard getting all that sand out of your ears?

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-19 01:48 PM

"Do you expect they'll wrap up in 2020? Maybe 2024? "

I don't know. My crystal ball is in the shop.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-19 02:03 PM

'2+ years with no links to Russia'

Remarkably stupid, deliberately so.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-19 02:07 PM

'2+ years with no links to Russia'

Is why you seem so Russian at times.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-19 02:10 PM

#14
Comrade Avigdore has, since day 1 on this subject, sounded like a Russian spokesperson.

#15 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-19 03:14 PM

This will go on longer because there will be trials... and there will be new info to investigate from those criminal proceedings.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-19 03:16 PM

I'm of the opinion that if the matter is not resolved before the 2018 elections, you will see a LOT of 'witch-hunt' and '2+ years with no links to Russia' which will do a lot to motivate people who have lost their taste for the President, but do not want their vote taken from them.

#10 | Posted by Avigdore

I know, huh, Comrade? I remember when the Republicans were in such a hurry to wrap up the investigations into Hillary's emails? The didn't want it to affect her poll numbers and ability to get elected and make everyone think they were on a witch hunt so they wrapped that whole thing up just in time so that it would be an honest and fair election.

You Remember huh?...wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more, say no more!

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-19 05:23 PM

DONNERBOY

And that Benghazi thing, too. Remember how hard the Republicans worked to get that investigation done and gone. My goodness, how many hearings did they have, begging the country to drop the whole matter and move on? Bless their hearts, they really tried. In spite of all their efforts that darn thing just wouldn't die.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-19 06:19 PM

The only clock ticking on Mueller's investigation is the one in Orange Dotard's crippled noggin.

#19 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-12-20 11:49 AM

Malcolm Nance suggests that the investigation is on target to yield extraordinary revelations in March of 2018. He has been correct about a lot of this, so I'm hoping he doesn't suddenly stop getting it right...

#20 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-20 02:32 PM

DOC @ 19

"The only clock ticking on Mueller's investigation is the one in Orange Dotard's crippled noggin."

Would that be a coo-coo clock?

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-21 01:25 AM

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